Money, Money, Money

Posted: April 4, 2012 in Family, Finance, Friendship, Life, Relationships
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I want money, lots and lots of money. I want the pie in the sky. Remember that song? I think the guy was a one hit wonder, but that’s neither here nor there. And it’s not so much that I want lots and lots of money, it’s that I need a little bit more than I have now.

For those of you who don’t know, or don’t remember—about 8 months ago or so I took a new job and in the process took a pretty hefty pay cut. You can read about that whole thing here. So why’d I do it, you ask? My sanity, basically. The job I held previously had sucked the life out of me. Damn near every day I went to that job with a chip on my shoulder and usually nothing happened during the day to knock that chip off—in fact, usually very much the opposite.

So I found a new job, one that I happen to like very much. People always say that you should do what you love and I couldn’t agree more. It seems to me though, that the jobs we’d love to do pay a whole lot less than the jobs we hate to do—so it puts us in a tough spot. There’s a lot to be said about happiness and when you consider the average American will work over 100,000 hours in their lifetime, there’s even more to be said about liking what you do. BUT…how much can you enjoy what you do if you can’t make ends meet? If that’s the case, what do you do? Love your job, but struggle financially? Or sell out and become like millions of other Americans who are completely dissatisfied with their jobs, but are able to pay their bills? Therein lies the rub.

I don’t know the answer to tell you the truth. All I know is that it’s unbelievably frustrating to have to pick and choose which bills are going to get paid late. And God forbid some unexpected expense should occur. I am very well aware that money isn’t everything—I’ve had too little for too long to think anything but that. Those of you who know me, know that I’m not greedy, and I don’t spend frivolously. In fact, what I do have I tend to want to use for other people’s good and not my own.

So this whole thing isn’t me throwing some giant pity party—it’s more just me trying to talk through this whole thing and I thought maybe some of you could relate. Some of you probably can’t, and if that’s the case—more power to you. It’s just that I’m 29 years old, with a college education, and some pretty kick ass work experience—and it’s just frustrating to be in this boat.

Here’s the thing though. I really, truly believe that each and every one of us is exactly where we’re supposed to be for some reason or another. In fact I saw a quote today that said, “I may not have ended up where I intended to go, but I think I’ve ended up where I needed to be.”

I’m blessed. Plain and simple. I have an amazing family. Amazing friends. An amazing boyfriend. A boyfriend who put it all into perspective when he channeled Morgan Freeman’s character from The Shawshank Redemption last night. He said, “You either get busy livin, or you get busy dyin.’” Then he told me, “And at least you’re not in jail.” And in spite of the funk I was determined to be in last night, after I got off the phone, I chuckled a little bit—because he was right (don’t tell him that though). At least I’m not in jail—or in other words, things can always be worse. And you know what? If they should happen to get worse, I’ll still be surrounded by amazingness which is a lot more than some people have.

  1. I’m glad you found a job you really like! I agree that it can be difficult to balance doing what we love for lower pay and doing something we might not like as much for better pay. On one hand we have to put food on the table and keep the bills paid, but on the other, should we sell our souls for a paycheck?

    I think this is why it’s important to develop a side business so that you can explore something part-time before you fully commit. It’s also a good insurance plan if you happen to lose your main job.

  2. Jason Ick says:

    God do I love Bill! I hear you loud and clear SH. The F word has reared it’s ugly head at the big G again and that F word isn’t the 4 letter kind but I may have used that one when I heard the news!

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